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Knowing when to get emergency help

If you have given 10 puffs of their reliever inhaler and they are still no better your child will need emergency help. Call 999. Any of these symptoms are an emergency: Distressed. Gasping for breath. Neck and tummy sucking in when breathing. Unable to eat or drink. Finding it hard to speak. Looking pale or […]

Introduction to treatments

Inhaled medicines are used to help treat symptoms of asthma. Inhalers come in all different styles, shapes and sizes. They may be aerosol inhalers or single dose capsules loaded into an inhaler device. See A practical guide to inhalers for more information. Some people when using inhalers may be advised to use a spacer device. This […]

What treatment will my child need? Relievers

Your doctor or nurse may prescribe an inhaler called Salbutamol. Salbutamol belongs to a group of medications called ‘bronchodilators’, these are usually blue in colour and often referred to as ‘reliever’ inhalers. This inhaler contains a medicine to relax or open the airways and relieve the wheezy symptoms. Important It is important this medicine is […]

Using an inhaler with a spacer

The most effective way to get inhaled medicine into a child’s lungs is to use a Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI) or “puffer” with a spacer. This gets about 80% of the inhaled medicine into the child’s lungs. For very young children get them used to handling the inhaler and spacer. Make sure the child is calm […]

Spacer devices

Here are some examples of spacer devices. They are used together with your metered dose inhaler and are useful if you have difficulty coordinating your breath in (as you press the inhaler) and after as you hold your breath. A spacer holds the drug in the chamber which gives you time to breathe in and […]